Rockstar Games' titles have now taken on a near-legendary quality, with everything the world-renowned studio touches seeming to turn to gold. Understandably, fans have been waiting with bated breath to discover what will follow 2013's superb GTA V. Well, dust off your hat and shine your boots because it appears we're heading back to the Wild West.
Ex Rockstar Games employee Danny Ross just dropped a not-so-subtle-hint during this Reddit AMA thread, confirming suspicions that the developer is returning to their critically acclaimed Red Dead franchise:
It doesn't take a genius to clock Ross' 'RDR2' reference, though I am surprised he was so eager to give away such a safe guarded secret before the studio's ready to formally announce the project.
That said, he doesn't work for the company any longer, simultaneously making this 'confirmation' of sorts more believable and less reliable. Even so, it's hard to imagine a future in which a sequel to the developer's best selling Western doesn't get made -- it's not a matter of if, but when.
So what can we expect from 'Red Dead Redemption 2'?
The first game's greatest asset was its intoxicatingly atmospheric setting, the beautifully barren expanse of the American frontier facilitating hours upon hours of shooting, looting and deceitful cahootin'. So the big question is where, or rather when, the follow up will take place.
RDR was set in 1911, when civilization and industry were rapidly encroaching on the chaotic badlands. Personally, I'd love to see a continuation of this theme, perhaps jumping even further ahead to depression era America. Think GTA crossed with Grapes of Wrath. Which era would you like to see digitally invoked?
Red Dead Redemption, released back in 2010, was widely considered to be one of the greatest games of the last generation, so it's not hard to see why gamers are so eager to draw their six shooters once more. I just hope my agitated trigger finger will be let loose sooner rather than later.